We often receive questions from students, families, educators and others regarding details surrounding the Business Horizons program. You will find a list below of some of these frequently asked questions.
If you have additional questions, please contact us and a member of our staff will be in touch as soon as possible.
Who can attend?
The program is available to any student in the state of Iowa who is currently in grades 9-12. Students from states outside of Iowa are also welcome to attend should space allow.
Can seniors still register even if they will have graduated high school by the time they attend?
Absolutely! Students are welcome to register during their senior year and attend event after they have graduated. Business Horizons is great preparation for life after high school.
Is Business Horizons only for students interested in business?
Business Horizons is NOT just for business students. The program is still great for students who may have other plans for their future...or no plans at all! Our goal is to allow students to explore opportunities based on their personal strengths, and help them develop the necessary skills needed for today’s workplace, regardless of career field.
Do I need a certain GPA or ACT score to attend?
No. Academic standing is not a determining factor of acceptance into the Business Horizons program. However, please note that educator references will be given prior notice of each participant’s plan to attend and asked if they have any concerns regarding his/her participation.
How do I sign up?
Download and/or complete the registration form found online here (LINK to Register). There is both a downloadable version and an online version. Submit your form along with your participation fee to the ABI Foundation following the instructions on the form. Participant fees may be paid either online by credit card or by cash or check.
Is it possible that I won’t be accepted?
It’s very unlikely that we would ever deny a student the opportunity to attend Business Horizons. If there is any cause for concern, the student will be contacted to discuss matters further.
How and when will I know if I’m accepted?
It typically takes our staff 3-5 business days to process participant information after receiving an application form. We then send each participant an information packet in the mail containing additional details and a few required forms to complete and return to us. Please allow time for processing and shipping.
If needed, can I receive financial assistance to attend?
The ABI Foundation will never turn away a student for the inability to pay the participation fee. We are happy to work with students and families on an individual basis, and with the help of program sponsors, will award program scholarships based on financial need. To inquire about the opportunity to receive assistance, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the deadline to register?
The final registration deadline is typically two weeks prior to the program. We will make exceptions for last-minute registrants, but it can be difficult for participants to complete the necessary pre-program paperwork in a short amount of time. Also, be sure to note the discount deadlines. It (literally) pays to register early!
What if I signed up and can no longer attend? Can I get a refund?
We understand that things happen, and sometimes unforeseen circumstances or illness may get in the way of your plans. If you are no longer able to attend, please notify our staff immediately. Notification of your absence must take place at least one week before the start of the program in order to guarantee a refund. Staff will work with individuals who are unable to attend last-minute due to illness, emergency or similar.
How do I ensure I receive the college credit offered?
Central College offers Business Horizons participants the opportunity to earn one transferrable semester hour of college credit through their participation in the program. In order to receive credit, students must submit an additional, non-refundable tuition fee of $125 upon arrival to Business Horizons and complete an assignment provided by the college following the program. Participants will receive additional information regarding this opportunity prior to Business Horizons week and will have the ability to register at check-in.
Who is eligible for the Central College scholarship and how do I receive it?
Business Horizons participants who apply, are admitted and choose to attend Central College following high school graduation will be awarded a $250 scholarship, renewable for four years. This scholarship will be in addition to any academic or merit-based aid awarded by the college, not to exceed the college’s annual tuition rate. Please note that students (seniors) who will have already received a financial aid award from the college at the time of participation in Business Horizons will not be eligible for the additional $250 scholarship. Please contact Central College’s Admission Office with any questions.
Where can I find a detailed agenda of the week?
While we know this may cause some stress, we intentionally do not provide a full agenda ahead of time. Don’t worry, though, participants will have everything they need to know for a great week. As we get closer to the program, all participants will receive a mailing with several details regarding what to bring, when and where to arrive, etc. Upon arriving, students will immediately receive a detailed agenda for the week and all additional information.
What will the hours be like each day?
We want this experience to be a worthwhile one, so we do not to waste any time at Business Horizons. Scheduled programming typically begins each day at 8:30am and ends after our “After Hours” activities, which typically conclude no later than 10:00 p.m.
How will I know what to bring?
We will send all participants a final packet in the mail a few weeks before the start of the program. This will include a detailed list of what to pack and what the attire requirements are for the week.
Do I need to pay for anything during the week?
Participation fees, along with donations from our sponsors, will cover lodging, all meals, program materials and activities for the week. If desired, participants are welcome to bring extra cash for vending machines in the dorm or for extra spending money should the program take a trip off-site in the evening (i.e. games at Adventureland). Plans such as this will be noted in the packing checklist.
Campus Life & Housing
What is the housing situation like during the week?
All participants will be housed in an air-conditioned dorm on our host campus. If boys and girls are housed in the same dorm, they will be separated either by floor or wing with doors in-between. We also hire Dorm Counselors to stay with the group throughout the week to, first and foremost, ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.
Can I room with my friend?
A huge benefit of attending Business Horizons is the opportunity to meet new friends from across the state. In order for participants to get to know others, we do not typically allow friends or students from the same high school to room together. If needed, students are welcome to contact our staff to discuss further.
Can I leave campus during BH for other obligations during the week (morning workouts, runs, etc.)?
Our number one priority during the program is the safety of the student participants. With that in mind, we do not allow students to leave campus during the week. However, if we are notified ahead of time, we will be happy to work with students on an individual basis to accommodate or find alternative solutions.
Where will participants be eating while on campus?
All participants will be provided with meal cards to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in the cafeteria on campus. All meals will take place in the cafeteria, with the exception of a few catered meals during the week. Meal times are built into the daily schedule.
Are you able to accommodate special medical and/or dietary needs?
We are more than happy to make accommodations for any medical and/or dietary needs. We do ask that students and/or guardians please notify us with any necessary information well ahead of the program so that we can ensure all needs are properly met. Students will have the opportunity to indicate any dietary, medical and/or other restrictions on the required medical form. Students and guardians are also welcome to contact our staff to discuss needs in further detail.